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Question:

Shell eggs that will be hot-held for service should be cooked to what minimum temperature?

A 155°F (68°C) for 17 seconds
Explaination

Shell eggs are eggs that are still in the shell as distinguished from dried or powdered eggs. There are 2 different cooking time/temperature requirements for shell eggs. If the shell eggs will be hot-held for service, they should be cooked to 155°F for 17 seconds. But if the shell eggs will be served immediately, they only need to be cooked to 145°F for 15 seconds. Other foods that should be cooked to 155°F (68°C) for 17 seconds:
- Ground meat—including beef, pork, and other meat
- Injected meat—including brined ham and flavor-injected roasts
- Mechanically tenderized meat
- Ground meat from game animals commercially raised and inspected
- Ratites (mostly flightless birds with flat breastbones)—including ostrich and emu
- Ground seafood—including chopped or minced seafood
- Shell eggs that will be hot held for service